(j3.2006) Fortran user interest survey

Bill Long longb
Sat Jul 9 09:26:15 EDT 2016

On Jul 9, 2016, at 2:08 AM, Van Snyder <van.snyder at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:

> On Sat, 2016-07-09 at 01:49 +0000, Bill Long wrote:
>>> Would it be useful to have links to past papers that committee
>> members plan to propose again?  
>> No. It just puts (sometimes) bad ideas in people?s minds. 
> Papers that describe features that didn't get implemented in Fortran
> 2008, were favorably received, but put at lower priority than what ended
> up being done, ought not to be rejected out of hand.  Consult the
> spreadsheets from 2004-2005 meetings.

I had a look at 04-265r1 from meeting 167 in 2004 - the last spreadsheet I found in my files.    The meaning of ?favorable? and ?lower priority?  are much too vague.  However, there is a total ?score? (ranging above 100) for each feature.  Given that a misguided proposal to add Cray Pointers to Fortran scored a 80, I would propose a cut-off minimum of 90 for any feature reconsideration.  That might reduce the number to a manageable size.  

I still think it is questionably leading to ask survey responders ?do you like this feature??,  since it?s easy to reply ?oh, that?s cool? without considering all the consequences. But J3/WG5 might review the list with a Score >= 90 filter applied. 


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